Ingredient Name:  Corn or Maize
Traditional Chinese Name:  玉米 (yù mǐ)
What is this?
  • Corn is the produce (ears) of a maize plant which resemble bamboo canes
  • There are varying types, species and preservation of corn in different cultures and traditions around the world
  • The maize is harvested when the maize is mature, but the kernals are still soft
  • It can be eaten raw or cooked
  • It is a major source of starch and a major ingredient in many industrialized food products 

How do I prepare it?

  • If the corn still has its outer layers attached, remove the outer layer by ripping the ear at the top
  • Wash the corn in cool running water
  • Some people prefer to cut the corn into sections when used in soups

Where can I buy this?

  • Corn is available in any supermarket

What is the cost?

  • Corn is relatively cheap and costs around $1.00 – $2.00 CAD per cob

Any substitutes?

  • You can consider using canned whole corn kernals as a substitute, though it may not turn out as sweet

Any benefits?

  • Corn contains healthy amounts of Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin C and Magnesium
  • It is low in fat but high in dietary fibers

Any precautions?

  • Some people think that since it is a vegetable, it is a relatively complete substitute for many foods – however, corn has a lot of starch and should be eaten in conjunction with other vegetables and legumes

Additional Information?

  • Corn stores relatively well in any weather and can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 month
  • Even if the corn is slightly dry looking, it can still be used in soups – just be sure it hasn’t gone bad